So you’re looking for a plumber. Maybe you’ve heard horror stories from neighbors and friends. Or maybe you’ve never had the need to hire a plumber. What do you need to look for when deciding to hire a plumber? Start by asking for recommendations, and ask these questions:
- How long have you been a plumber?
- What type of training have you had?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- Are you licensed and registered with the state?
- Are you insured?
- Do you have any references?
A plumber will be in your home for the time it takes to finish the job – anywhere from an hour to several days, depending on the complexity of the job. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you are hiring, and understand how you will be charged for the job.
And if you’re happy with the service, make sure you share your results with friends.
As the holidays near, and the snow and cold settle in, its time to think about winterizing your home to avoid frozen pipes.
Preventing Freezing Pipes
Take a look around your home. Do you have sinks on outside walls? If so, pay special attention to the pipes that connect to these locations. How cold does it get under the sink? Leave the door to the sink open or cracked so heat can circulate. If you’re going to be out of town for a while, don’t turn the heat off. Instead, turn it down and leave the door open wide to keep it warm. Even the most insulated homes can still freeze without heat.
You may also wish to insulate the pipes for added protection. Minor maintenance now can prevent a costly problem down the road.
Do a quick search throughout your home for leaky pipes. If you have a basement or crawl space, make sure you check for puddles or wet spots. Pipes usually leak before they burst. If you find any wetness, fix the pipe before it turns into a more serious problem.
Freezing or Bursting Pipes
If you do have a pipe burst due to freezing, turn off the water supply and call your local plumber immediately. Remove as many items as you can from the surrounding area to give the plumber as much room as possible. Wait for the plumber to assess the damage, and fix the problem.
From bursting pipes to annual maintenace, Quality 1st Plumbing Repair can help you with all of your plumbing needs.
It’s the middle of November, and here in Colorado very little rain or snow has fallen in the past few months. It’s easy to see why it’s important to keep conserving water. Use these tips to help conserve water within your home.
1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. The typical person can save up to 4 gallons per minute, and a family of four can save 200 gallons a week just with this one simple tip.
2. Install low flow showerheads. Take the bucket test. If your showerhead can fill a one gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, its time to replace your showerhead.
3. Don’t run your washer or dishwasher every day; only run them when they are full.
4. When running your washer, match the water level to the size of the load. Not every load has to be run at full capacity.
5. Reuse your shower towel. Even reusing it once can cut your laundry requirements in half.
6. Instead of running your tap water for cold water, consider filling pitchers and jugs, and placing them in your refrigerator. A cold drink will be easier – and more efficient – to get to.
7. Install a hot water circulation system. You can instantly have hot water whenever you choose, and save thousands of gallons of water per year.
Looking for ways to green up your life? Get started today, and make next year your most efficient year yet.
Maybe you’ve just purchased an older home, and would love to know how efficient it is. Or maybe you’ve been in a home awhile, and are wondering if everything is still working as efficiently as possible. Use these simple tests to determine if and where your problem lies:
- Find out if you have a water leak. Read your water meter before and after an 8-hour period when you will be away from your home, and no water will be used. If the readings are different, your home has a leak.
- Check your bathtubs and showers. Run a few inches of water and let it sit for an hour. Check to see if you have a slow leak. Other signs of problems could be stains or soft spots around the tub or shower, or around the drain itself.
- Check your faucets. Look for leaks around the handles, and dripping water from the faucet itself. Also turn on your hot water for a few seconds, and turn it off abruptly. A hammer or vibration noise can be signs of loose pipes.
- Check your water heater. The first four digits of the serial number on your water heater indicate the age. Typically a water heater will last 8-12 years. Keep in mind that new water heaters will be more efficient in heating your water, saving you even more over time. Also check for rusted or corroded parts that may indicate your water heater needs replacing.
- Check your basement or crawlspace. Checking for leaks, drips, and puddles of water on a regular basis can help you repair and correct problems quickly before they turn into larger issues.
Fixing your leaks can save you tens, even hundreds of dollars a year in water bills. And if you decide to replace old fixtures in favor of green, more water efficient fixtures, your savings can multiply rapidly over the years.
Isn’t it time to connect with your local plumber?
One of the most popular words in 2008 was “green”, and it will again dominate 2009. Even though there is a lot of talk about “going green”, what does it mean to business owners within your community?
For your local plumber, it means helping out the community to conserve wherever possible.
One of the reasons we chose to associate with GreenPlumbersUSA is to ensure we were doing all we can for our environment. We know its important to you that you conserve where you can. And we want to provide the best possible solutions for every situation.
With GreenPlumbersUSA, we have a commitment to conservation. We have extensive training and knowledge to help you:
- lower your gas emissions in your home or business
- install new appliances that provide top energy efficiency
- reduce water consumption within your home or business
- use solar hot water technology
- learn how to manage recycled water, rain water, and graywater
- create a master plan for all future home improvements
If you’re ready to make your home green, we’d love to help you with your strategy.
There are many different things you can do in your home to become more energy efficient. But probably one of the easiest to do – and one that will save you a tremendous amount over a short period of time – is replacing your older toilets with new water saving models.
We’ll use a typical family of four as an example.
The average family of four consumes around 300-400 gallons of water per day on things like drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. An old toilet uses about 5 gallons per flush. If one person flushes a toilet seven times on average per day, the family of four will consume 140 gallons per day just in flusing, or 30-50 percent of their daily water usage.
But if that same family installs new water saving toilets, which typically use 1.6 gallons per flush, your water savings would be close to 100 gallons a day per household. Add that up for the week, or even for the year, and you’ll soon discover how just this one change can add up to some serious water savings. Which equates to a savings in your water bill as well.
Think about your water usage for a moment.
In the last two billion years, the amount of water on Earth has not changed. Yet in the last century, water usage has increased at twice the rate of the world population.
In the United States alone, over 6.8 billion gallons of water is flushed down the toilet every day.
More than half our states anticipate a shortage of fresh water by the year 2020.
So what can we do now? That’s what many of today’s plumbing companies are asking. How can we help consumers reduce the amount of water they are using every day, and begin to take the concept of being green to another level.
One answer is joining organizations like GreenPlumbersUSA. With specialized training, a plumber can become specialized in the tools necessary to go green. Each training program offers the resources necessary to learn more about products and services available on the market today, and the skills and knowledge to put the information to work throughout our communities.
Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is proud to be a member of the GreenPlumberUSA community. If you’re ready to go green in your own household, we’re happy to share tips and ideas with you.
Looking for two ways to save with your next shower?
First, eliminate wasting water by installing a hot water circulation system.
With most water heaters, you have to turn on the shower, and wait anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds for the hot water to make it into your shower. With a hot water circulation system, an inline pump keeps the hot water in the hot water pipe, making it instantaneous when you’re ready for a shower.
This type of system is easy to install using your existing system – no new, expensive water heater installation. And get the added benefit of saving thousands of gallon of water annually.
Second, install a new showerhead. Replacing an old showerhead can pay for itself through reduced water and energy use within just a few months. New generations of showerheads decrease the water flow while creating the feeling of a powerful shower spray.
By combining the two, you’ll have the shower you’ve always dreamed of with the energy benefits you’ll love.